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Consumer Protections

Prepaid Card Recommendations Letter

July 14, 2015

More and more people are using prepaid cards, yet it is a highly unregulated industry. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2014 report Why Americans Use Prepaid Cards,...

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Asset Poverty

Protect the Federal EITC and the Child Tax Credit

July 13, 2015

In 2013, 1,012,292 households in Illinois claimed the federal EITC. According to new data released by the Brookings Institution, 867,541 households claimed the Child Tax...

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Asset Poverty

Family Assets Count: Chicago

June 29, 2015

In Chicago 20% of families live in poverty, but far more (49%) are financially vulnerable. These “liquid asset poor”families do not have enough savings to live above the...

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Asset Poverty

Family Assets Count: Chicago

In Chicago 20% of families live in poverty, but far more (49%) are financially vulnerable. These “liquid asset poor”families do not have enough savings to live above the...

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Asset Limit Reform

The ABLE Account Program Comes to Illinois

June 18, 2015

Millions of individuals with disabilities rely on public benefits for health care, food, housing, and income. Currently an asset test on benefits programs, such as Social...

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College Access

Community Investment Awards Highlight Secure Choice & Student Loans Report

May 29, 2015

This month, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights was honored for their work passing the Secure Choice Savings Program. With the passage of Secure Choice,...

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Asset Poverty

American Families Struggling with Fragile Budgets

March 3, 2015

A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts found that despite the economic recovery, most American households continue to be financially vulnerable. According to the report,...

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Consumer Protections

Wage & Asset Protection Fact Sheets

February 13, 2015

Despite the recent economic recovery, most Illinois families feel financially vulnerable and stressed. Too many Illinois families are struggling with debt and are financially...

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New Report Finds Illinois Among Worst in the Nation for Graduating Students with College Debt

January 29, 2015

New data released today by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) show more Illinois graduating students are struggling with debt than almost anywhere else in the...

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